JohnstonWells adds new team member
Wednesday, 05 May 2010 21:47

JohnstonWells recently added Teresa O’Brien as an associate to its growing team.

Prior to joining JohnstonWells, Teresa coordinated public relations for One Tribe Creative, a Fort Collins-based branding and marketing firm. She has also worked as a marketing intern for Association for Student Activity Programming at Colorado State University and a web design intern for the Colorado State University College of Liberal Arts IT office.

Teresa volunteers for the Denver Rescue Mission and the Mile High Down Syndrome Association. She is also a member of the Colorado State University Alumni Association and the Public Relations Society of America.

She earned a B.A. in journalism and technical communication, with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in Spanish from Colorado State University.

Doors Open Denver...A Success!
Friday, 23 April 2010 21:52

JohnstonWells opened its Rocky Mountain Seed Company building headquarters to more than 100 visitors during the annual Doors Open Denver tours this past Saturday.

It was JohnstonWells’ first year participating in Doors Open Denver, the local annual celebration of Denver's most treasured architectural gems, which was hosted by the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and the Denver Architectural Foundation.

This year's theme, "Denver Redo: Buildings with a Second Life” was very fitting for the Rocky Mountain Seed Company, as JohnstonWells’ transformation of the 132-year-old building has given a completely new purpose to what was home to a local seed company for 87 years. Many of the visitors who toured the Rocky Mountain Seed Company were just as excited to see the whimsical folk art collection that decorates JohnstonWells’ offices, as they were about the renovation of the historic building.

Teens, Trends, Twitter and Tips
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 20:37

More than 40 judges, attorneys and court advocates for youth came together for a presentation by JohnstonWells’ Diane Amdur and Breanna Deidel, offering insight into the world of social networking and teens.

Attendees learned more about five of the major social media applications that this key audience is utilizing, as well as the potential risks and topical issues surrounding these online communities.

Some of the information shared included:

  • Teens are not accessing applications like Twitter nearly as much as MySpace and Facebook.
  • “Hanging out” often means chatting on Facebook and/or MySpace.
  • In the case of cyberbullying, teen victims have a lack of escape from cruel comments in cyberspace due to advances in technology.
  • Despite warnings and safety tips, teens are still over sharing on social networking sites.

Attendees not only earned CLE credits, they walked away with a better understanding of teens and social networking.

The Doors Are Open!
Monday, 22 March 2010 20:23

Giving the entire community a chance to see our award-winning building and folk art collection, JohnstonWells is participating in Doors Open Denver, an event sponsored by Mayor John Hickenlooper, the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and The Denver Architectural Foundation.

Doors Open Denver will take place the weekend of April 17 and 18. Guests will have the opportunity to explore buildings throughout the city, including the historic Rocky Mountain Seed Company Building, the home of JohnstonWells.

The event is free to the public. JohnstonWells, located at 1321 15th Street, in the historic Rocky Mountain Seed Company building, will be open for tours Saturday, April 17, 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and Noon.

Visit for more information about the event.

JohnstonWells Public Relations Recognizes Breanna Deidel and Lee Bley with Promotion
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 18:45

Breanna Deidel and Lee Bley have been promoted to counselor and senior associate respectively at JohnstonWells Public Relations. 

Deidel’s promotion reflects more than six years of comprehensive public relations experience. As a counselor, Deidel will continue to lead client account teams, including BERNINA of America and Goodwill Industries of Denver, while also assisting with the firm’s business development and marketing efforts.

Deidel is on the board of directors for Denver Urban Gardens (DUG), sits on the public relations and marketing committee for DUG’s 25th anniversary celebration, co-chairs the marketing committee for the Women’s Vision Foundation 2010 Walk, is a “Big Sister” and volunteers for the Little Sisters of the Poor at Mullen Home.

Bley’s promotion reflects more than two years of public relations experience at JohnstonWells. As a senior associate, Bley will continue to be an intricate part of all client teams. She also will continue her role on the firm’s social media team.

Bley is the 2010 co-chair of LoDo District’s Events Committee, the 2010 co-chair of the Denver Debutante Junior Patrons Committee and is an active member of LoDo Young Professionals.

2010 PR Prediction
Thursday, 14 January 2010 17:19

Click here to read Gina Seamans’ 2010 PR forecast featured among a collection of other predictions on Denver PR Blog.

JohnstonWells Public Relations Recognizes Elizabeth Jumel, APR, with Promotion
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 22:18

Elizabeth Jumel, APR, has been promoted to senior counselor at JohnstonWells Public Relations.

Elizabeth’s promotion reflects more than 11 years of comprehensive marketing and public relations experience. As a senior counselor, Jumel will continue to lead client account teams, while also assisting with the firm’s business development and marketing efforts. She will continue in her role as social media manager, blending traditional client programs with social media strategies and tactics.

She earned her accreditation in public relations (APR) in October 2008 and is actively involved with the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Colorado Chapter. In 2010, she will chair the PRSA Colorado APR committee and continue as a co-chair of the Mile High Million marketing committee, an initiative of the City of Denver’s Greenprint Denver program. Elizabeth is also active in the community, volunteering for multiple organizations through the Metro Volunteers program.

Wells Rejoins JohnstonWells as Senior Counselor
Monday, 21 December 2009 19:03

Longtime communications and marketing executive Michele Wells will rejoin JohnstonWells, a leading Denver public relations and marketing firm, as a senior counselor starting in January.

“Michele and I have sustained a friendship and maintained a working relationship these past several years,” said Gwinavere Johnston, who returned to her role as CEO of JohnstonWells following the departure of former CEO GG Johnston.  “We’ve talked about working together again and now is the perfect time. It will be great to have her energy and experience.”

Wells said, “I’m jazzed at the prospect of working with JohnstonWells again.  I know many of the staff members and greatly admire them.”

JohnstonWells Says Goodbye to GG Johnston
Thursday, 03 December 2009 15:09

Goodbyes are seldom easy and JohnstonWells saying goodbye to president and CEO, GG Johnston, is no exception. For 15 years GG has been an integral part of JohnstonWells, and her contributions have been significant and numerous.

“My decision to leave JohnstonWells and venture into the world outside family business is both exciting and sad for me,” says GG Johnston. “For 15 years, I have worked alongside Gwin and the talented team at JW. I am grateful for every minute of time I’ve spent here. I am well-prepared for whatever adventures are coming my way. I’m excited about what’s next for all of us.”

Founder Gwin Johnston has been actively involved in the firm for 38 years and will step back into her former role as president and CEO at the start of the New Year. She is supported by a top-notch team of 10 employees who are committed to a seamless transition.

“I believe that everyone deserves choices and the opportunity to pursue his or her own dreams, and I support GG in pursuing hers,” says Gwin Johnston. “These are challenging times, to be sure. But I’m not daunted because I’ve managed through challenging times before and have always come out stronger. We have a terrific staff and some very exciting projects in the works. We’re looking forward to 2010.”

1321 Celebrates Community Preservation Award
Friday, 30 October 2009 18:55

JohnstonWells’ new home at 1321 15th Street (the former Rocky Mountain Seed Company building), received recognition from Historic Denver, Inc. last week with a Community Preservation Award.

The award presented jointly to JohnstonWells and building owner, Jerry Glick, celebrates the preservation of one of Denver’s historic buildings and its unique architectural heritage.

Mayor John Hickenlooper presented the honor at this year’s Annual Awards Dinner at the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa. Check out the evening’s video.

Take a virtual tour of JohnstonWells’ space, or better yet, drop in for a visit!

Gina Seamans in today's Denver Business Journal
Friday, 30 October 2009 18:48

One benefit of Gina Seamans’ role as PRSA Colorado chapter president this year is the invitation to contribute columns to the Denver Business Journal. Today, the DBJ’s “Strategies” section features Gina’s latest column, “Act now; don’t wait for economic turnaround.” Gina describes three steps for how business leaders can create the brain space needed to think about creating the future, rather than waiting for the future to just happen.


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